Sunday, April 17, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Stacey Kent

Artist:Stacey Kent
Song:Waters Of March
Album:Dreamer In Concert

Jazz singer Stacey Kent lives in England but she was born in New Jersey. Most of her popularity is in Europe to the point where I guess a lot of fans think she's British. But she was born Mar. 27, 1965 in South Orange, NJ. She grew up listening to Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Then she earned a degree in comparative literature at Sarah Lawrence College. She moved to England to study at the Guildhall School of Music. She met British sax player Jim Tomlinson. They married in 1991 and he has been her musical director ever since. Stacey sang for the Vile Bodies Swing Orchestra which led to an appearance as a jazz singer in the 1995 film Richard III starring Ian McKellan. Then she signed with Candid Records and released her debut CD Close Your Eyes in 1997. She became popular in England when trumpeter and jazz critic Humphrey Lyttleton championed her and this led to Stacey winning a couple of BBC Jazz Awards. Then she signed with Blue Note in 2006 and this led to more success mostly in Europe. This recording of the Antonio Carlos Jobim classic Waters Of March is from the 2011 CD Dreamer In Concert. This was recorded live at the La Cigale in Paris. She performs mostly standards arranged by husband and musical director Jim Tomlinson. Other musicians are Graham Harvey on piano, Jeremy Brown on bass and Matt Skelton on drums. Recently Stacey signed with Sony's Okeh label and the album Tenderly was released Jan. 2016. She is currently on tour in Europe and she will be in the US in July including a week at Birdland in New York City. Here's Stacey Kent with Suzanne Vega performing Waters Of March on French TV 2008.

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